France to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup [fr]
The final decision has been announced by the World Rugby Council on November 15, 2017
A world-class sporting event
After the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup, the Rugby World Cup is the 3rd-biggest sporting event on the planet. Broadcasting in 207 countries around the world, the event attracts 2.6 billion television viewers and more than 2.4 million fans in the stadiums.
Historical role of France, a major player in world rugby
France has always played an important role in the development of this sport. France spearheaded the creation of the very first Rugby World Cup in 1987. Albert Ferrasse, then president of the IRB (International Rugby Board), conceived of this tournament, which brings together the best nations from around the world.
Today, the common denominator between Britons, New Zealanders, South Africans, Argentinians, Samoans, Fijians, Australians, Georgians, and Italians is... the TOP14.
France is ready to mobilize its expertise
France has been involved for many years in the hosting of major sporting events (1992 Olympic Games, 1998 World Cup, Rugby World Cup 2007, UEFA EURO 2016, etc.). Today, it is one of the nations with the greatest expertise and skill level in this area. Aware and proud of this fact, 84% of French people wanted France to host the Rugby World Cup again in 2023. They all remember the enthusiasm, the emotion, and the sense of sharing that surrounded Rugby World Cup in 2007, as well as the popular, media and economic success it had.
France’s bid mobilized the whole country, with the participation of 1895 rugby clubs and 10 host cities (Bordeaux, Metropolitan Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne and Toulouse).
Visit of Bernard Laporte in Miami
Mr. Bernard Laporte, president of the French Rugby Federation and former Minister for Sport, was in Miami on August 19 to present France’s bid to Rugby Americas North (RAN) executive committee.
"An international event like the Rugby World Cup is, above all, an opportunity for France to shine internationally. Everybody is motivated, the rugby family is committed, politicians at local and national levels are lending their support, the world of business is behind us and the French people are looking forward to an inclusive and popular event that will bring everyone together. That is why we want to win."
"I would like to say that this World Cup will belong to all French people, like in 2007. The Olympic Games will have all eyes on Paris as the host city, but rugby will be everywhere in France. Rugby will be present all over the country, every minute of the day in 2023, allowing everybody to share in this unique experience."
More info about France’s bid through #France2023 and http://france2023.fr